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Are local authorities failing schools?

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Education watchdog Ofsted is set to accuse some English local authorities of failing to improve under-performing schools.

It is expected to say that the gap in standards between different authorities is too wide.

There will be calls for a league table ranking councils according to inspectors' assessments of schools.

Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw, who is to publish the annual report today, told Today presenter James Naughtie there are not only differences between local authorities but there are differences between local authorities with similar demographics.

The best local authorities use their "huge powers" very well and "understand that they have an obligation to make sure that all schools are performing well... including academies".

He explained that some local authorities do take the their responsibility towards academies seriously but some do not.

"That's the issue that we need to air today," he explained.


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